How a World Champion & Indian Badminton star PV Sindhu carved her own niche

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu with Mr. Narendra Modi - Prime Minister of India

Today you will read the success story of PV Sindhu, a World Champion, Shuttler, and Indian Badminton Star.

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Following above, today you will read the success story of PV Sindhu, an Indian Badminton Star, World Champion, and Shuttler.

Many of you already heard of the success story of PV Sindhu, a World Champion, Shuttler, and Indian Badminton Star who never failed to inspire the youth of the country.

However, her road to fame was never easy. Let us read a success story of World’s Highest-Paid Female Athletes. We hope you are going to enjoy the success story.

Who is PV Sindhu?

PV Sindhu – Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian badminton player. She made her international debut I 2009.

In April 2017, she rose to career high ranking of no.2. She won medals in multiple tournaments including Olympics & BWF circuit; she got Gold in 2019, world championship.

She is the first Indian woman to get an Olympic silver medal & became world champion in badminton.

At the age of 17, PV Sindhu broke into the top 20 of BWF World Ranking in September 2012. She won a medal in every world championship during 2013 to 2015.

After Zhang Ning she is the second woman to win five or more medals at world championships. In 2016 Summer Olympics, she represented India & became first Indian player to reach in final. She won the silver in that tournament.

At 2016, China Open she won her first super series title, she continued it with four more finals in 2017 by winning the titles in South Korea and India. In addition to that, she won a silver in 2018 commonwealth games and Asian games.

She got two bronze medals in Uber Cup.  She became the Forbs’ highest-paid Female Athletes in 2018 & 2019 by earning US$8.5 million & $5.5 million respectively.

She is honoured by Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. In January 2020, she was awarded by India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan.

Sports journey

P. V. Sindhu was born on 5th July 1995 in Hyderabad. Both her father P. V. Raman & her mother P. Vijaya were national level volleyball players.

Her father was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games & he received Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sports. She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana.

She completed her study from Auxilium High School Hyderabad and St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad. However, her parents were professional volleyball players she chooses to play badminton.

Because she was inspired by the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. At the age of eight, she started playing badminton.

PV Sindhu - Indian Badminton Star

For basic training she went to Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad, then she joined Pullela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy.

As per the Hindu’s statement, she used to travel almost 56 km from her residence daily. In addition, every day she reported on time.

As per Gopichan’s statement, “the most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit.”

After joining Gopichand’s academy, she won many titles. She won the 5th Servo All India ranking championship in doubles and Ambuja Cement All India ranking in singles in under 10-years category.

In pondichery, she won the singles title at the Sub-juniors, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune in under 13-years category. With under 14-team she won gold medal at 51st National State Games in India.

Career of World’s Highest-Paid Female Athletes

AT the age of 14, she entered international circuit. She won bronze medal at 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo.

She won silver medal in the singles category at the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge. In 2010 BWF world junior championship in Mexico, she reached the quarterfinals. 

In 2011, she won Maldives International Challenge, Indonesia International challenge & Swiss International beating Carola Bott of Germany.

At the age of 16, on 7th July 2012, she won Asian Junior Championship. Because of knee injuries, she decided to skip the world junior championship.

Sindhu was runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December 2012.

During this year, she reaches her career best ranking of 15. She won Malaysian title, which was her first gold title.

P V Sindhu - a World Champion

In 2013, she participated in World Championship; she was seeded 10th in the draw. She lost the semi-final to ultimate champion Ratchanok Intanon.

During this year, she awarded the Arjun Award by Government of India. She was the captain of the team Awadhe warriors in the 2013 Indian Badminton League.

Her team qualified and beat Mumbai Matathas, but lost in final to Hyderabad HotShots. On December 2013, she won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada’s Michelle Li.

During this year, she claimed her first medal at Asian Championship. In the women’s singles competition she won bronze. In 2014, World Championship in Denmark, she seeded 11th.

She created a history by becoming the first Indian to win two medals back-to-back in the BWF World Badminton Championship.

Sindhu stunned 3rd seeded Li Xuerui in Round of 16 and once again reached the quarterfinals of world championships.

In November 2015, she won her third successive women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the final.

As she was suffering from stress & took break from play for 6-months, she managed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sindhuwon the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title in January. During 2016 Premier Badminton League, she was the captain of Chennai Smasher team.

Siiddhu won all of the five matches to help her team qualify for the semi-final and won the tournament against Mumbai Rockets.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu - a Shuttler

She was seeded 9th at the women’s single event at Rio Olympics. She faced the Japanese star Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals & won in straight sets.

She managed to win Silver medal for India. By any Indian badminton player, that was the second instance of podium finish at the Olympics.

She won the title at the Thaihot China Open beating Sun Yu & became only Indian player after Saina Nehwal to do so.

She was qualified for Superseries Finals. In the group stage, she defeated Akane Yamaguchi, lost to Sun Yu & won against Carolina Marín. She reached semi-finals with 2-wins in the group.

During 2017, she won Syed Modi International by beating Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in Final. Sindhu won the title in Indian Open Super series.

She achieved career high world ranking of no.2 in April 2017. Siddhu was seeded 4th in world championship held in Scotland.

She won silver after losing in final. She became the first Indian to win Korean Open. Sindhu took charges as Deputy Collector in Krishna District in the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) office under the Revenue Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in August 2017.

Sindhu made it to top 4 at the All England Open Championship. She gave her best performance at 2018 All England Open. She won gold in the mixed team event & silver in singles events in 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Again, she lost in final against Nozomi Okuhara in the final of Thailand Open.
In 2018 BWF world championship she was seeded 3rd

In final, she lost against Carolina Marín & win silver. That was her fourth medal in worlds. Again, in Asian Games she was seeded 3rd & won silver for India in Women’s singles badminton.

In the end of 2018, she was qualified for the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals & became only shuttler from India to claim the Title.

During 2019, Sindhu was brought by defending champions Hyderabad Hunters in the PBL auction. They lost in semi-finals to Mumbai Rockets.

She loses in final of Indian National Badminton Championships against three-time champion Saina Nehwal.

Just before All England Badminton Championship, she signed a mega-deal with Li-Ning worth nearly US$ 7.0 million for 4-years.

She reached her first final of the season in Indonesia Open & lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. She was seeded 5th at the world championships.

World's Highest-Paid Female Athletes

In the final she won gold against Nozomi Okuhara. She was the first Indian to win the gold in the championships.

Sindhu got a wild card entry into the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals because of her World Title victory in August.

In World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, she failed to reach the knockout phase after losing out to Chen Yufei & Akane Yamaguchi in successive rounds. She finished off at the 3rd position.

On 8th March 2020, she was named the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the year. Same year in April she was elected as one of the ambassadors of BWF committee’s campaign, “I am Badminton.” That was to promote clean and fair play in sports.

As per the Economic Time’s report of March 2017, she is the second to Virat Kohli for earning. She charges brands between 10 to 12.5 million for a single day.

She is a brand ambassador of Central Reserve Police Force and Vizag Steel. She has a deal for endorsement with JBL, Bridgestone Tyres, Gatorade soft drink, Myantra online store, Moov pain reliever, Nokia phone maker, flipkart e-commerce portal, Panasonic electronics, Stayfree, Boost, Bank of Baroda etc.

Sindhu signed a deal for US$7.0 million for four-years with Chinese sports brand Li Ning in February 2019. That is one of the biggest in world badminton.


  • She was honoured with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013.
  • Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India was given to her in March 2015.
  • She got Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, on 29 August 2016.
  • She was honoured with with Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award in India, in January 2020.

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